July 2015: Small Business Success

Continually assess your risk levels

Columnist Sarah O'Connell

Columnist Sarah O’Connell

One of the questions that usually appears in one of those “Are You an Entrepreneur?” quizzes is, “Are you comfortable with taking risks?” I think it’s a fairly common perception that risk is inherent in starting up or expanding your own business. [Read more…]

July 2015 Business History: Aviation

Region takes to skies

Capt. Frank Burnside, far right, was the first to successfully pilot an airplane in Northern New York. His flights occurred at the Jefferson County Fair in September 1913. A crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed  as Capt. Burnside and his Thomas airplane took off from the exhibition field, soared to a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet, and reached an astounding 50 mph, before safely landing on the makeshift airstrip. Photo Courtesy earlyaviators.com.

Capt. Frank Burnside, far right, was the first to successfully pilot an airplane in Northern New York. His flights occurred at the Jefferson County Fair in September 1913. A crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed as Capt. Burnside and his Thomas airplane took off from the exhibition field, soared to a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet, and reached an astounding 50 mph, before safely landing on the makeshift airstrip. Photo Courtesy earlyaviators.com.

Aviation opens doors for business, community

By Lenka Walldroff, NNY Business [Read more…]

July 2015: Business Tech Bytes

Apple vs. Android battle heats up

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Columnist Jill Van Hoesen

Are you an Android or an Apple? I am personally a Google girl and pretty excited about the new redesigned Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones that were recently released. They are pretty slick and have generated a lot of interest, with “Samsung placing orders for an additional million units to over 8 million,” according to a March report in the Electronic Times newspaper of Korea. [Read more…]

July 2015 Feature Story: Agriculture

A growth investment

Douglas W. Shelmidine, owner of Sheland Farms, Ellisburg, stands on his County Route 79 farm during the summer of 2006. Mr. Shelmidine recently purchaced the neighboring 298-acre farm for a record per-acre price of about $6,500, or $2.3 million total. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

Douglas W. Shelmidine, owner of Sheland Farms, Ellisburg, stands on his County Route 79 farm during the summer of 2006. Mr. Shelmidine recently purchaced the neighboring 298-acre farm for a record per-acre price of about $6,500, or $2.3 million total. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

298-acre Ellisburg farm purchased for $2.3 million

By Ted Booker, NNY Business [Read more…]

July 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors honored for years service

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

On June 3, the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors held a recognition lunch to honor its Realtor members for their years of membership. Each received a Realtor pin with the number of years of continuous membership rounded down to the nearest five year increment. In future years, we plan to honor members when they reach a five-year milestone. [Read more…]

July 2015 Cover Story: Agriculture

Agriculture’s missing link

Pigs surround Lucki 7 Livestock Co. owner Steve G. Winkler, Rodman. Mr. Winkler is a member of the steering committee that is working to develop a USDA-certified meat-processing plant in Watertown. Mr. Winkler’s manages a naturally certified livestock farm specializing in pork. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Pigs surround Lucki 7 Livestock Co. owner Steve G. Winkler, Rodman. Mr. Winkler is a member of the steering committee that is working to develop a USDA-certified meat-processing plant in Watertown. Mr. Winkler’s manages a naturally certified livestock farm specializing in pork. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

As plans for a state-of-the-art meat-processing facility are unveiled, north country farmers say the project is the latest boon for an ever-growing local industry.

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business [Read more…]

July 2015 Feature Story: Milestones

End of an era

June 30 was the last day of operation for WYBG radio, which began beaming its signal 57 years ago. Dorothy M. ‘Dottie’ and Curran E. Wade have owned the Massena station for the past 27 years. The couple attempted to sell the station but couldn’t close a deal before signing off. Photo by Bob Beckstead, NNY Business.

June 30 was the last day of operation for WYBG radio, which began beaming its signal 57 years ago. Dorothy M. ‘Dottie’ and Curran E. Wade have owned the Massena station for the past 27 years. The couple attempted to sell the station but couldn’t close a deal before signing off. Photo by Bob Beckstead, NNY Business.

WYBG radio signs off after 57 years on the air

By Bob Beckstead, NNY Business [Read more…]

July 2015: Commerce Corner

Health care summit set for August

Columnist Lynn Pietroski

Columnist Lynn Pietroski

According to the New York State of Health, as of Jan. 31, 2014, slightly fewer than 1.9 million individuals have completed the application process compared with what was reported by the New York State of Health on April 16, 2014, when more than 1.3 million individuals had completed the application process and there 960,762 were enrolled in the Health Care Exchange. In 2015, so far there have been more than 250,000 enrollees. Access to health insurance is becoming easier for individuals. So is this a sign that the state’s exchange is working? [Read more…]

July 2015 Business Scene

GWNC Chamber Jefferson Leadership Institute graduation at Ramada Inn

The Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce held its 2015 Jefferson Leadership Institute graduation June 12 at the Ramada Inn, Watertown. [Read more…]

July 2015: People on the Move

Financial advisor celebrates anniversary

B_POM_BrianWilcox_0715 WEBBrian Wilcox celebrated 30 years with Northwestern Mutual in June. [Read more…]